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Huckleberries: Couple poses for wedding photos on chilly Lake Coeur d’Alene shoreline

Daniel Gross and Lindsey Rasmussen pose for wedding photos by Vickie Atkins Close on the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene during a chilly Dec. 27, the day before they married. Also in the photo: Deni Linhart (left forefront). (Duane Rasmussen photo)
Daniel Gross and Lindsey Rasmussen pose for wedding photos by Vickie Atkins Close on the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene during a chilly Dec. 27, the day before they married. Also in the photo: Deni Linhart (left forefront). (Duane Rasmussen photo)

Lindsey Rasmussen is a determined 23-year-old, according to her Uncle Duane Rasmussen. That determination helped her enroll at a top-notch dental school at Loma Linda University in California. She plans to follow in the footsteps of her father, Coeur d’Alene dentist Stan Rasmussen. That determination also enabled her to squeeze in a photo shoot, a wedding day and a honeymoon during her Christmas vacation. And that determination found her shivering in her white-as-the-snow wedding dress with her fiance, Daniel Gross, on the Lake Coeur d’Alene shoreline Dec. 27. Photographer Vickie Atkins Close handled the camera. Uncle Duane provided the warm, red blanket between photo shots. The couple were married the next day in the historic Fort Sherman Chapel nearby. The possible repercussions from the photo shoot on a cold winter’s day didn’t surface until Lindsey and Daniel returned from their honeymoon. Lindsey was sick and missed school for four days. But she was in good hands. New hubby, Daniel, is a medical student at Loma Linda University.

Because you asked

Some of you have asked Huckleberries about the business that Jennifer Locke started before she became Kootenai County Clerk Jim Brannon’s chief deputy Jan. 1: Zip-n-Go Blanket. The “wind-proof and highly water-resistant” outdoor blanket won rave reviews from The Grommit website. Jennifer designed the prototype with her mother, whom she describes in a testimonial as an excellent seamstress. Time will tell if that’s a sufficient business background to hold such an important job with the county. But here’s something you can take to the bank. Jennifer’s political star is on the rise. Last month, she was one of four Idaho electors to cast ballots for Donald Trump in the Electoral College. She’s tied in with the right (read: very conservative) side of the county Republican Party. She will be an elected official within two to four years. You heard it here first.

Huckleberries

How good are the sandwiches at Best Sandwich Shack on Best Avenue in Coeur d’Alene? After owner Kip Schlinker was ripped off last week, he offered 10 sandwiches for information about the crime, according to the Coeur d’Alene Press. Which prompted a Huckleberries Online wag to respond: “I’d rat out my gramma for 10 sandwiches from that place” … Tweetable: “We don’t have any power to kick people off committees. This one ain’t on us” – Melissa Davlin of Idaho Reports re: renegade Rep. Heather Scott’s silly claim that the media are partly responsible for her loose lips, er, loss of all committee positions … Again, Melissa: “If we DID have the power to kick people off committees, I imagine things would get very interesting, and very messy, very fast” … Quotable Quote: “The folks in Blanchard lost their minds when they elected (Rep. Heather) Scott. Losing their voice shouldn’t hurt them much.” – HucksOnline commenter Uncle Bob.

Parting shot

On blizzardy Monday, LaDonna McCaw Beaumont, of Coeur d’Alene, didn’t know that I-90 in Montana had been designated for “emergency travel only” – until she arrived in Missoula to visit her kids. Who were enjoying a snow day. Which caused LaDonna to wonder: “Does that make me an idiot or a bad-ass?” She told her Facebook Friends to be gentle with their responses. Hey, we’ve all done it.

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